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Far From Goodbye

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Sometimes life calls and we must follow. Today is my last post on Two Writing Teachers, however, it is far from goodbye. My words will now call only one blog home, Ruth Ayres… Continue reading

Notebook Routines

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I think the thing that makes a writer is Habit. Yes, that’s habit with a capital H. (I go back and forth between whether it’s habit that makes a writer or belief that… Continue reading

Book Talkin’

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The very fist student day of school, Deb Gaby (the reading coach in my school district) and I stumbled upon a meeting between 5th and 6th grade language arts teachers. They were discussing… Continue reading

Happy Labor Day

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I hope today brings whatever you need to… expand your creativity… love yourself… renew your energy… and know you matter.

I hope you’ll join CHALK-A-BRATION

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On the last day of each month, Betsy hosts CHALK-A-BRATION. This is a celebration of chalk art and poetry. If you want to play (and I hope you do), the deal is simple:… Continue reading

Kate Messner’s Latest Picture Book

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I love this new title from Kate Messner and Andy Rash. As I read it, I was intrigued by the speech bubbles, and I wondered how they influenced Kate’s writing process. Lucky for… Continue reading

It’s Coming!

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I’m excited that this little book will be out next month. It is less than 100 pages, but is full of ideas to weave authentic celebration into your work with young writers. It… Continue reading

Conferring

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What do you find most difficult when it comes to conferring? I’d love to know your responses! Click here to read mine.

Dream Big…Read Big…Write Big

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Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Continue reading

A “Jog” You Have Energy For

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I hope you didn’t miss the BIG event on Saturday: Picture Books 10 for 10 hosted by Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine) and Mandy Robek (Enjoy and Embrace Learning). Bloggers compiled their lists of 10 picture… Continue reading

Investing in Reading Lives {Nerdy Book Club Guest Post}

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I’m so excited to be guest posting at The Nerdy Book Club today. Here’s the start and then head over there to read the rest. “Mom, I’ve decided to start a reading club,”… Continue reading

Solve It Your Way

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I’m excited to share Franki Sibberson’s latest project with you. SOLVE IT YOUR WAY! is an innovative project to encourage creative problem solving and collaborate with others around the globe. I shared this… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebooks

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Last week I had a conversation with a middle school teacher who has spent her summer studying writing workshop and is excited to make writer’s notebooks the backbone of her writing instruction. This… Continue reading

Hello August!

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Here I am and August is here too. It has been a long summer that is going too fast. It’s the paradox of time. One thing is for sure: It keeps moving. Next… Continue reading

Online Relationships Become Real

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{This isn’t the end of my thinking and sharing about the All-Write 2013 Summer Institute. There will be more…check Ruth Ayres Writes since we are on vacation around here throughout the month of July!} Linda Baie… Continue reading

#allwrite13 Notes

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If you’ve not checked out the #allwrite13 Twitter feed, then I’m not sure what you are waiting for! It is an eclectic notes page of the best of the best thinking. Throughout the… Continue reading

Friday Favorites

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It seems like so long since I’ve sat beside Andy, a baseball game on the tv and my computer open on my lap. I came home from All-Write 2013 and after hello said,… Continue reading

#allwrite13 Online Connections Dinner

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Since Ramona asked and she traveled all the way from Seattle, I honored her request. We went around the room and introduced ourselves. It was a big dinner party — 33 people in… Continue reading

Just Write.

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I hope you are taking the summer to just write. Life is too short not to write. I’ve been percolating today’s blog post and planned to write it this afternoon. However, plans changed,… Continue reading

I Be Myself (Vintage Ayres)

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I spent most of the day thinking of something inspirational to share today. I really love blogging and I look forward to thinking of ways to encourage and inspire. Unfortunately I’m out of… Continue reading